Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Book Series: Guild Hunters #2
Released: 2/2/10 by Berkley Sensation
Pages: 323 Price: $7.99 Ebook
Links: Goodreads, Author’s Site
Source: I borrowed this book from my library.
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel, Raphael, is used to being in control—especially when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority.
They’ve barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel, Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.
This series is starting to grow on me. It truly does remind me of the Chicagoland Vampire series but it also reminds me a tad of the Anita Blake series(well this book at least…). The later of the two is probably the reason this book will receive the same rating as the last book. I really don’t like zombies. Fortunately they were such a small part of the plot in this book that it didn’t cost it yet another star.
What I did enjoy about how this world continues to flesh itself out is that we got to learn a lot more about Angels and their culture in book two. I so appreciated how Elena struggled with her transformation. Being an angel did not come easy for her, she needed to learn the ropes and was able to find her way without compromising her humanity as well. I also liked the changes I am seeing in Raphael as well. I like how he is evolving, as he calls it. I think Elena is going to shake up this society of angels in a good way. By the looks of things they so need it.
We spent this entire book in the angel world so the conflict between Elena and her father stayed on the back-burner even though I so what to see the smack-down between these two, I hope Raphael hits him with angel fire. We did learn more or most of the tragedy from Elena’s past and while I saw some of it coming I think how Elena lost her mother is not what I was expecting. We also learned about Raphael’s own troubled parental past and I think his mother will eventually be making an appearance in this series.
The chemistry between Elena and Raphael continues to grow and I like this paring. I think Raphael’s seven will eventually too. They are an interesting bunch and I look forward to getting to know them in future books. It looks like some of them have their own stories in upcoming titles.
Yep, this one is so growing on me. I want to dive right into the next title as these two return to New York but first I need to read a review ARC. Soon, soon I will find out what happens next!